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3 Day – Kilkenny, Waterford and Kinsale

This 3 day tour takes you to Ireland’s rarely seen south east corner of beautiful beaches and ancient local history. You will visit the heritage town of Cahir and you may wish to kiss the Blarney Stone at the famous Blarney Castle then travel the coastline south of Cork to the fishing village of Kinsale.

See the historic port town of Cobh where the ill fated Titanic made its last port of call then explore Ireland’s oldest city Waterford, founded by in the 9th century by the Vikings and home to the Waterford Crystal factory.

Visit the vibrant town of Kilkenny and wander the spectacular grounds of Kilkenny Castle then admire the valleys and impressive peaks of the Wicklow Mountains.

Sip fine Irish beer in a quality local pub, visit the Jameson Whiskey Distillery and sample seafood straight from the ocean.

 

 

 




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Prices

  • £239.00 From per person

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Tour Highlights

  • Blarney Castle - Kiss the famed Blarney Stone amidst the walls of this impressive medieval stronghold
  • West Cork coves and beaches - Stroll sandy beaches and dip into the stunning coves that line the coast
  • Kinsale - Dive into this colourful port town, and discover a feast for the eyes and taste buds
  • Cobh and the Titanic - Delve into the mystery and history of this coastal town, the last port of call for Irish emigrants on the famous ship’s ill-fated voyage
  • Waterford - Set forth for tales of conquest and pillage in Ireland’s oldest city, founded by 9th century Vikings
  • Kilkenny Castle - Survey the dominant and unmistakeable three walled castle whilst roaming its splendid grounds
  • Wicklow Mountains - Soar to Ireland’s most impressive peaks then dive into its profound valleys
  • Glendalough - Be awed by the “Valley of the Lakes”. Wander its wildly beautiful trails or explore the renowned monastery with its rounded tower
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Cahir, Blarney Castle and Kinsale

Wander the heritage town of Cahir and its impressive castle and kiss the Blarney Stone in the grounds of Blarney Castle then savour the sights and sounds of Kinsale, a fishing village well known for its charming beauty.

Departing Dublin, you travel south towards Cork, through the lush farming counties of Kildare, Laois and Tipperary. Our first stop is the heritage town of Cahir, where its impressive castle towers over an island in the River Suir.

You continue to Blarney, on the outskirts of Cork, where you have time to wander the castle grounds and go for a woodland stroll. You may even get a chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone and receive the ‘gift of the gab’!

In the afternoon, you glide along the beautiful coastline south of Cork before arriving in Kinsale. This charming little fishing village is your overnight stop, with all its local restaurants and lively pubs. Enjoy your free evening whilst exploring the narrow streets and brightly coloured houses.

On tours departing after March 2018, you also visit the Jameson Whiskey Distillery.

Day 2 - Waterford

See where the Titanic made its last fateful port of call before its ill-fated maiden voyage and follow the rugged “Copper Coast” to Waterford, Ireland’s most ancient city then discover Ireland’s Viking heritage or marvel at the exquisite craftsmanship in the famous Waterford Crystal factory.

Leaving Kinsale in the morning, you make your way to the historic port town of Cobh. This was the last port of call for the Titanic on its infamous maiden voyage. After exploring the stories of Ireland’s past, you head east along the Copper Coast, a Unesco Geopark famed for its beauty and intricate histories.

You continue until you reach Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city founded by Vikings in the 9th century. Survey the brilliant craftsmanship at the Waterford Crystal factory, explore the selection of superb museums or wander the Viking Triangle on foot.

In the late afternoon, you travel north from Waterford to Kilkenny. This town is a vibrant place with a thriving pub and restaurant culture.

After spending the evening here you’re certain to understand why people voted it Ireland’s friendliest city!

Day 3 - Kilkenny Castle and Glendalough

Roam Kilkenny Castle and its impressive craft centres and traverse the Wicklow Mountains and the majestic national park, known as “the Garden of Ireland” then witness the ancient structures of Glendalough, from the distinct high crosses to the 6th century monastic site.

In the morning, you have free time to explore the attractions of Kilkenny. You then head north into the Wicklow Mountains, where you’ll be impressed by the National Park’s steep granite mountains.

You follow the winding paths to Glendalough, site of an awe-inspiring 6th century monastery. This offers a perfect opportunity to capture a photograph of the verdant natural setting and the round tower of the monastery.

After this, you head through the centre of the National Park to cross the famous Sally Gap, before descending the short distance back to Dublin.

Cahir
57°
partly cloudy
75% humidity
wind: 4mph N
H 71 • L 45
69°
Thu
69°
Fri
70°
Sat
70°
Sun
69°
Mon
Weather from Yahoo!

Important Information

  • Discounts for students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don’t carry children under 5 years old).
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes.
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person.

Tour Inclusions

  • All road tolls and the Killimer – Tarbet ferry.
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach.
  • Air conditioning as standard.
  • The stories and services of a driver-guide.

Departure Information

  • Departs 08.00 – Opposite the Kilkenny Shop, Nassau St, Dublin.
  • Returns 18.30.

Accommodation

  • We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre.
  • We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard.
  • The prices below are for guidance only.

B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard

  • The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other room in the house, and the price includes breakfast.
  • The cost is between €30.00 – €65.00 per night.

B&B En/suite

  • The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price.
  • The expected cost for a room, based on two people sharing, will be between €40.00 – €50.00 per person per night.
  • The expected cost for a single room will be between €45 – €60 per night.

Hotels

  • Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals.
  • Breakfast is included in the price.
  • The expected cost of Hotel is between €55 – €65 per person per night.

Hostels

  • A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds.
  • The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room.
  • Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals.
  • The cost is between €20 – €25 per person per night.
  • Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms.
  • Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together).


FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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